2004 Baseball Players of the Week

May 10, 2004
Mark Mazzone, Amherst
(Freshman, Infielder/Designated Hitter - Chicago, Ill.)
Amherst rookie Mark Mazzone plated senior Paul Whiting with a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday, giving the Jeffs (19-16) a dramatic 5-4 win over archrival Williams in the final game of the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The victory afforded Amherst its first-ever conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, with regional play set to begin on Thursday, May 20, at an on-campus site yet to be determined. Mazone pounded out four of the Jeffs’ eight hits and drove in a pair of runs in the championship game.

May 3, 2004
Andrew Green, Amherst
(Sophomore, Outfielder - Lexington, Mass.)
Amherst sophomore Andrew Green batted .625 (10-for-16) with a team-high six RBI after being inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season on Friday, and his timing couldn’t have been better. He had three hits, two RBI and a stolen base in Friday’s key 9-2 win at Middlebury, then notched one of only three Amherst hits in Saturday’s dramatic 1-0 win over the Panthers, which clinched a spot in the four-team NESCAC Tournament for the Jeffs. He then went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs in Sunday’s 6-2 win at Bates.

April 26, 2004
Adam Kacamburas, Tufts
(Senior, Third Baseman - North Reading, Mass.)
Kacamburas hit .500 in four games (7-14) with six runs scored, six runs batted in, and seven walks. He was 5-for-11 (.455) with five runs scored and six runs batted in as Tufts swept its NESCAC East weekend series from Colby to remain in the hunt for a conference tournament berth. Kacamburas was 3 for 3 with three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 11-1 victory over the Mules.

April 19, 2004
Chris Kenney, Williams
(Freshman, Catcher - Walpole, Mass.)
Kenney went 8-18 with three home runs with eight runs scored, nine RBI and one walk as Williams went 5-0 last week. Two of his three homers came in a 4-2 win over Bates including a two run job in the top of the eighth to win the game for the Ephs.

April 12, 2004
Drew McKenna, Bates
(Senior, First Baseman - Middleboro, Mass.)
McKenna hit four home runs last week, including three in a three-game sweep of divisional rival Colby. McKenna tied the score in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer in a 6-5 win over the Mules on Friday, then hit a two-run blast in a 12-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. In the second game, McKenna hit another solo homer to give Bates a five-run lead in a 9-7 win. McKenna hit .400 on the week, had six RBI, and had a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Jeff Natale, Trinity
(Junior, Second Baseman - Hamden, Conn.)
Natale went 6-for-12 in four Bantam wins, with eight runs, eight RBI, two doubles, and two home runs. He also had one walks and six HBP in four games to post a .685 on-base percentage for the week (13-18). His three run homer in the eighth inning against Tufts gave Trinity a 12-11 win against Tufts to complete a three-game sweep on the road and extend Trinity's winning streak to eight games.

April 5, 2004
Jeff Natale, Trinity
(Junior, Second Baseman - Hamden, Conn.)
Natale went 11-for-15 (.733) in four Bantam wins, with nine runs, seven RBI and four doubles. He also had five walks and one HBP (hit by pitch) in three games against Bates to post an .810 on-base percentage for the week (17-21).

March 29, 2004
T.J. McLeod, Bowdoin
(Senior, Outfielder - Gorham, Maine)
Bowdoin's T.J. McLeod led the Polar Bears to a two-of-three game series win at fifth-ranked Trinity last weekend in Hartford. McLeod batted .667 in the three games, going 8-12 from the leadoff position with four runs scored, two stolen bases and two doubles. McLeod leads the Polar Bears with a .500 batting average so far this season.

Mark Tremblay, Trinity
(Junior, Pitcher - Hooksett, N.H.)
Tremblay won all three of his starts, helping Trinity get off to an 11-3 start to the season. Tremblay allowed just two earned runs in 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA) with seven strikeouts. Tremblay defeated NESCAC East rival Bowdoin on Saturday, allowing one earned run in 5.1 innings. He also tossed a two-hit shutout against William Paterson and allowed one earned run over six innings in a 5-2 win over St. Joseph's (Maine).